Frequently Asked Questions
If your child has indicated they are interested in learning how to dance, our staff will help you find the most suitable program. Students are placed according to their age and level of ability.
In order to place your child in the correct level, our staff will assess your child after viewing them in a class or multiple classes.
Class sizes are dependent on room size. Students must be able to keep a six foot distance apart within the classroom.
The minimum number of participants needed to run a class is 5. If we do not receive enough interest to offer the class you have registered for, we will contact you with other options. If a suitable substitute class cannot be found, you will receive a full refund.
Both of the Artistic Directors not only have their Associate and Membership Teaching Diplomas with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing), but are also Ontario Certified Elementary School Teachers in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. All of the faculty at Elite Dance Force also have Associate Teaching Diplomas obtained through the BATD and have post-secondary education. A short bio and photo can be found for each of our instructors on our Team page.
We hope that your child will continue dancing all year, as it is an excellent form of exercise that develops grace, balance, strength, co-ordination and posture. We also hope to provide your child with an enjoyable experience while teaching respect, discipline, confidence and teamwork. Our year-end recital provides students with a goal to work towards and is an opportunity for him/her to develop confidence, stage presence, and ultimately to share with his/her families and friends what they have learned all year. However, if your child is absolutely not enjoying his/her dance experience, he/she may withdraw. No refunds will be issued for months that the dancer has attended classes.
In the event of happenings such as a severe winter storm, the studio reserves the right to cancel classes for the safety of our students and instructors. Should we choose to cancel classes, an email will be sent to all parents. No make-up class will be scheduled if a class still has three lessons within that month.
The recreational and petite elite attendance is voluntary, as it is a relaxed commitment. Part-Time and Full Time Competitive programs require regular attendance. Dance is exercise that involves choreography. Your commitment has been made to participate in a class on a regular basis. If you are absent for several classes, not only will your technique fall behind, but you will also miss learning the skills and choreography. Punctuality is also important, as late arrivals are very disruptive for the instructor and students.
Dancers can not attend class if they are showing any sign of illness. Parents are also prohibited to enter (including atrium/lobby) if experiencing any symptoms of illness.
Lessons are paid monthly. If your child does not enjoy dance, you are free to remove them from programming at any time. We realize that at such a young age, they often need to try classes for a month before deciding whether it is something they enjoy and want to continue! Once a monthly fee is paid, that fee as well as costume deposits are non-refundable.
That current month will not be reimbursed, however, classes will be delivered through ZOOM.
If the closure extends into multiple months, you will not be charged for regular tuition. Classes will be offered through ZOOM at a reduced rate for any months after the initial closure if the dancer chooses to participate.
Any student or staff member who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested. If a dancer is showing any signs or symptoms they must not enter the studio.
If a dancer or their family member tests positive for COVID-19, the dancer will need to take a COVID-19 test before returning to the studio. This applies to all of their family members as well. The test must be negative before any of the family enters the studio, including the atrium.
If a student is showing signs or symptoms at the dance studio, that student will be isolated immediately. EDF will immediately contact a parent/guardian to pick up the student. The family must then proceed to follow the directives of the Algoma Public Health Unit.